Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is a problem that affects individuals, families, friends and communities.  Heroin addiction is a chaotic and exhausting disorder.  It’s something that isn’t just in a club or at a social event, nor is it something that has minimal effect – it’s powerful and nowadays cut with synthetics that cause a more severe addiction or addictive tendencies.   Spark to Recovery is an acclaimed, medically supervised treatment program for individuals struggling with heroin dependence. We provide comprehensive services on-site that include education, social support and individualized therapy. Our team of expert physicians offer highly personalized addiction care from our facility in the San Fernando Valley.  

Let us help you get back on your feet!   With programs tailored just for those who suffer from heroin abuse, we offer hope within our walls of recovery. Be empowered by conquering your addiction and ignite a spark into your drug free future.

Heroin Addiction Rehab FAQs

What is Heroin Addiction?

Heroin addiction occurs when an individual finds themselves increasingly reliant on the substance. Injections are a favored method of using heroin because of how quickly the effects set in. Pleasant feelings and a distortion of time and space are the most widely desired effects. Heroin takes some time to reach the brain through smoking and snorting, but once they take effect, the same feeling of euphoria is experienced.

Is Rehab Needed for Heroin Addiction?

You should seek care in a clinic that’s equipped with the necessary resources and a team with the expertise to treat opioid addictions. We wouldn’t recommend trying to deal with this addiction without the assistance of specialists. Effective treatment often begins with a stint in rehab. This gives you a host of tools and coping mechanisms to avoid relapse, as well as an increased understanding of the mechanisms that have caused your addiction.

When Should You Seek Heroin Addiction Treatment?

Have you used tourniquets on your arm in an attempt to make your veins more receptive to heroin?

  • Do you worry more about getting your next dose than anything else?
  • Are you wearing long sleeves to hide your scars from heroin injections?
  • Have your personal relationships been affected negatively?

There is no shame in seeking treatment for a heroin addiction. In fact, the sooner you do so, the closer you are to getting your life back on the right track.

Is Heroin Addiction Deadly?

Yes. Addiction to heroin carries some of the highest risks of disease, chronic substance abuse disorder and death. The use of needles means the sufferer is particularly vulnerable to contagious illnesses and infections. When you use the drug, your central nervous system slows down, leaving your breath and heart rate at a dangerously low level. Just remember that you can overcome this illness and reclaim control over your future.

Does Rehabilitation cure addiction?

While attending one of our treatment programs at Sherman Oaks center is the ideal first step on your journey to long-term recovery, rehab is not a cure for heroin addiction. We guide you through the most difficult early stages of the process. Our therapists teach you coping strategies as well as an understanding of what’s caused your affliction to enable you to overcome it.

Spark to Recovery’s heroin treatment center gives you a homelike environment where you receive individually tailored treatment and learn the vital skills needed for long-term recovery.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Options

Our approach includes cognitive behavior therapy as well as group and family therapy. We also go above and beyond the norm in the Valley offering holistic programs aimed at helping patients manage stress and negative thoughts in the avoidance of destructive behavior. With the right support system, patients can go on to lead a new, drug-free life.

Methods of treatment and the services offered depend on various factors including the amount of heroin used, if there is any mental illness, if a person has already received treatment before, if heroin is being used with other substances such as alcohol, and how long a person’s addiction has occurred.

As heroin abuse is classified as opioid use disorder (OUD), multiple forms of treatment have proven to be more effective than just one, as there are often other underlying factors that also need to be tended to, such as mental health issues.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

As heroin is a schedule one substance, doctors would argue that there is no recreational or casual way to use it. What can happen with heroin abuse, however, is the addict becoming highly adept at hiding their affliction. Although a stigma surrounds heroin use, the truth is it can happen to any person from any background. Recognizing the symptoms of substance dependence is the first step to making the change that could give you your future back. Some of the telltale signs include:

Heroin’s Physical Addiction Signs

  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Blue fingernails or lips
  • Constipation
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Labored breathing
  • Track marks/needle marks
  • Itching
  • Chills
  • Anxiety

Heroin’s Behavioral Addiction Signs

  • Slow cognition
  • Lack of coordination
  • Mood swings
  • Nervously covering parts of the body
  • Changes in friendship groups
  • Destructive behavior
  • Loss of social circle in favor of other drug users
  • Compulsive drug use to prevent withdrawal
  • Failure to meet commitments at work, school or home
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Financial issues such as debt and theft

Paraphernalia Used by Heroin Addicts

  • Syringes
  • Metal spoons
  • Bottle caps
  • Cans
  • Tinfoil
  • Lighters
  • Pipes
  • Hollowed-out pen cases
  • Cut-up drinking straws

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Choosing the Right Facility for Heroin Addiction Treatment

Most rehab facilities offer similar programs and services to treat people with heroin addiction, but they are not all the same. The best addiction treatment centers always consider each individual’s unique needs and goals. Ensuring that the place you choose is full-service and can handle all the problems and common aspects of addiction and opioid use disorders throughout the process.

Spark to Recovery’s Philosophy of Care

Heroin and other addictive and fast-acting opioids are deadly and lead to devastating consequences. At Spark to Recovery, we believe in bridging this gap and helping people who are struggling with heroin addiction recover and maintain long-term sobriety. Most importantly, our substance abuse treatment programs and services teach individuals and their loved ones to understand the signs and side effects of heroin abuse, so they can make the best decisions for their mind and body.

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